Since the news broke that Australia’s borders would be reopened to international travelers starting in November, several airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines and Singapore Airlines, as well as national carrier Qantas, have made changes to their network to accommodate the resumption of flight service in and out of the country.
Given that Australia had one of the harshest border controls in the world, the restart and anticipation for possible new launches is unquestionably a positive indicator of recovery for both countries.
Furthermore, the resumptions have so far witnessed what were previously regarded to be implausible returns of the Airbus A380s, indicating that the skies are bluer for the aviation industry.
Due to border constraints, Emirates, the largest airline client for the aircraft type, has downgraded from its superjumbos to a Boeing 777-300ER for flights to Australia.
However, with the reopening, the Dubai-based carrier plans to resume service with its flagship A380 aircraft on December 1, operating its once-popular daily Dubai-Sydney service.
The popular aircraft will have a total of 516 seats in a three-class arrangement, with 426 seats in Economy Class thanks to the inclusion of premium cabins, and 76 and 14 seats in Business and First Class, respectively.
It would also be the first time since March 2020 that Emirates would be able to fly into Australia with a capacity of 100 percent.
“We are more than ever committed to Australia and it is especially exciting for us to add Sydney to the growing network of destinations served by our popular A380 aircraft. Our customers appreciate the spaciousness and amenities of the flagship A380 and starting in December they will be able to experience the exceptional product when flying to or from Sydney,” said Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, Barry Brown in a press release in regards to the ramping up of operations to Australia.
In addition to the superjumbo returns, Emirates plans to expand its operations in Australia by increasing the number of flights between Dubai and Melbourne from three to four times weekly.
The Dubai-Melbourne route is also currently handled by the 777-300ER, but if things continue to trend favorably, the A380 could be replaced.
Due to government-mandated arrival limits and quarantine procedures, the Gulf carrier has made no planned modifications to its Dubai-Brisbane and Dubai-Perth routes, which will continue to run twice weekly.
Unfortunately, flight services between Dubai and Adelaide are still suspended, although one can expect a return in the new year.